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National Hot Toddy Day

National Hot Toddy Day: Warm Up From the Cold Winter Weather

The winter season always promises many cold and wet days. On those days, you’re may find yourself opting to stay home as close to your heater as possible. There’s nothing like spending a relaxing evening at home except if you complete the warm and cozy night with a hot toddy. In celebration of National Hot Toddy Day (January 11th), we’re sharing four great hot toddy recipes to enjoy at home. Let the mugfuls from Tullamore D.E.W., Fistful of Bourbon, Facundo Eximo Rum, and Havana Club Añejo Clásico Rum warm you up from the inside out as you stay away from the cold, rainy winter weather.

You may remember we highlighted one of these hot toddy recipes on My Life on and off the Guest List during the start of the holiday season. We hope you enjoyed it then and we definitely hope to raise a mug or to now. Do you know what’s wonderful about hot toddies, besides their delicious tastes? They can help relieve the symptoms of the cold and flu, making it perfect to enjoy now. Without further ado, please enjoy these drink recipes in celebration of honoring the hot toddy.

Hot Toddy, created by Tim Herlihy, National Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W.

National Hot Toddy Day

2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original
.25 parts lemon juice
2 tbsp honey
Top with boiling water and a clove-studded lemon
First, warm a mug with hot water, then discard water and combine ingredients above. Stir before serving, garnish with lemon.

Fistful Toddy, created by Charlotte Voisey, William Grant & Sons Director of Brand Advocacy

National Hot Toddy Day

2 parts Fistful of Bourbon
2 parts hot water
1/2 part mint simple syrup
½ part fresh lime juice
1 bar spoon crème de cacao
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine ingredients in a mug. Garnish with a large sprig of mint and freshly grated nutmeg.

Rooibos Toddy

National Hot Toddy Day

1 part FACUNDO EXIMO
1 1/2 parts Hot Rooibos Tea
1/4 part Ginger Syrup
1/4 part HUM Liqueur
Lemon wedge or wheel, for garnish
Method: Combine ingredients in a Hot Toddy Glass. Stir gently until syrups are properly diluted. Garnish with a Lemon wedge or wheel.

The 8th Day

National Hot Toddy Day

Bacardi

1 1/2 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico Rum
3 parts Chai Tea
1 3/4 parts coconut milk
1 part simple syrup or 1 tbs White Sugar
Method: Prepare Chai Tea. While the tea steeps, warm coconut milk over medium heat, do not boil. Combine ingredients in a high temperature resistant mixing glass, adding rum last and stir. Serve in an Irish Coffee Cup or preferred glass coffee cup, and garnish with a cinnamon stick

With these hot cocktail recipes, you’ll be all set to enjoy this delicious and toasty drink. If you have a favorite hot toddy recipe you’d like to share, please do so in the comments below.

Treat Yourself To These Merry And Bright Holiday Cocktails This Season

Keurig has officially launched a new product in collaboration with Anheuser-Busch, just in time to fix your cocktail craving this holiday season.

The new product is called the Drinkworks Home Bar. It expands on the idea of the coffee pod by using pre-mixed cocktails instead of your favorite ground bean. The machine contains 15 different cocktails to make, including classics like the Moscow mule, the Long Island iced tea, and the margarita.

It’s perfect for homeowners who don’t want to create a home bar right in their kitchen. This type of product offers the convenience of a bar without engaging in a remodel, even if a kitchen renovation does offer an 83% return on investment.

This is great for the homeowner who loves a tried and true cocktail made fresh just for them. But for more complicated mixtures, like your favorite holiday cocktail, you’re better off sticking to your trusty cocktail shaker.

When you want to impress guests this holiday season, a craft holiday cocktail might be the best way to treat your guests. Try these holiday mixtures to taste the best of the season.

Holiday Toddy

Photo by Fistful of Bourbon

This drink offers the best in barrel-aged whiskey or bourbon to supplement your Christmas spirit. Did you know that barrels are made from hardwood trees that can take up to 20 years to mature? This treat is certainly worth the wait.

The hot holiday toddy puts a twist on the classic drink with fresh mint and a dash of nutmeg. Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 parts bourbon
  • 2 parts hot water
  • Half-part mint simple syrup
  • Half-part lime juice
  • 1 bar spoon of creme de cacao
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Simply garnish with a sprig of mint and top with grated nutmeg for a look anyone will love. Serve it nice and toasty to warm those winter hearts this holiday season.

Cranberry Martini With A Twist

Photo by Williams Sonoma

Everybody loves a cranberry and vodka, and luckily, this can be a great holiday treat on its own. But if you want to make it extra special, try throwing in a little vanilla spiced syrup to the mix. Here’s how to make the vanilla spiced syrup you’ll want to put on everything.

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • One-quarter tsp ground black pepper
  • 5 allspice
  • 1 cinnamon stick, around 2.5 inches in length or cranberries
  • Half an ounce of vanilla extract

Excluding the vanilla extract, combine all items in a pot and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a rolling boil, bring it down to a simmer for about five minutes. Then, simply strain the mixture and throw in the vanilla. Add your simple syrup to your favorite vodka cranberry to keep your spirits bright.

A Winey Cider

Nothing screams fall like a citrusy cider in the mix. Pair your favorite cider or apple cider liqueur with a dry white wine — sparkling preferred. This will leave a tart and crisp aftertaste that’s sure to satisfy the cravings of any wino. An alternative is Comsi Comsa Apple Dry, the newest dry sparkling apple wine from Sauvage. To make it extra-special, dip the rim in a simple syrup and garnish with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Ward Eight 

Dave Fisher, New York

1 ½ part Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
⅔ part Lemon Juice
⅓ part Orange Juice
½ Mint Syrup
⅙ part Grenadine
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

These are just four classy cocktails sure to create Christmas spirit this holiday season. Whether you opt for the new Drinkworks Home Bar or simply stick to the syrups you know and love, these cocktails will delight during these cold winter months.

12 Fall Cocktail Recipes Perfect for Fall Happy Hour

As they say, it’s 5 O’Clock somewhere. And happy hour is the great stress reliever we look to unwind after a hectic day at work. In honor of entering the fall season, we’re sharing fall cocktail recipes that truly celebrate the season of sweaters, warm spices, and cooler days.

From libations for pumpkin spice lovers, not-so classic drink aficionados, and everyone in between, these fall cocktail recipes are perfect to cozy up with at home or enjoy with friends at your favorite hangout. Enjoy these 12 fall cocktail recipes made with Deep Eddy Vodka, Woodford Reserve, Tequila Avion, Corralejo Tequila, Pelotón de la Muerte, Stella Rosa Imperiale, and Zaya Rum.

Pumpkin Spice Pie Martini

2 oz. Deep Eddy Original Vodka
1 oz. Dark Rum
1 oz. Half n half
2 tbsp. Canned pumpkin puree
1 oz. Maple syrup
¼ tsp Pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp Vanilla extract
Graham crackers
Cinnamon
Sugar
Smash up the graham crackers, cinnamon and sugar together. Wet the rim of the glass with maple syrup and dip it into your cinnamon, sugar, cracker mixture. Combine remaining ingredients into your cocktail shaker and shake for 30-45 seconds. Pour and strain into your rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a little bit of grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

Deep Cranberry Bliss (created by Bartender, William Escalante at The Bygone Restaurant)

1 ½ oz. Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka
¾ oz. ginger syrup*
¾ oz. Tait Farms spiced apple shrub
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 dash of apple bitters
Shake and strain into a highball glass. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with dried cranberries and a lime wedge.

*Peel and mince ½ pound ginger. Add ginger to 8 cups water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 20 minutes. Strain and discard ginger. Add 8 cups sugar, stirring to dissolve.

Diamond District (by Max Green, Amor y Amargo, Coup)

1 oz. Rye (we prefer Woodford Reserve Rye)
2 oz. Carpano Antica
2 dash of Scrappy’s Lime Bitters
Add all ingredients to the mixing glass, stir and strain into a chilled coup, garnish with a lemon twist. The spice and bright citrus note from the Sancho pepper drive those flavors that we all love in a classic Manhattan while remaining lower in ABV than the original. The lime Bitters add to the drink and challenge your pallet without overwhelming your senses.

Pear in Spirit (Created by Veronica at Stateside using Cardamom Bitters)

1 1/2 dashes Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters
1 1/2 oz. House Infused Chai Spice Rum
1 oz. Crimson Pear Juice
1/4 oz. Chai Simple Syrup
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
1/4 oz. Orgeat
Shake, double-strain, & serve up. Garnish with a dried slice of Chai-spiced pear.

Anejo Old Fashioned

2 oz. Avion Anejo
1 barspoon full of Agave nectar
2 dashes of Orange Bitters
1 dash of Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until cold, then strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Beyond The Promenade

1 ½ oz. Avion Anejo
30ml Cinnamon Anise Syrup
30ml Pumpkin Puree
15ml Fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into Pilsner glass with crushed ice.
Garnish: Cinnamon dust and Star of Anise

Sub Recipes:
Cinnamon Anise Syrup: Add 1qt. of simple syrup, 3 cinnamon sticks, 2 star of anise, and 1 clove. Simmer in med heat for 8 – 10 minutes

Blood Orange Margarita

2 oz. Corralejo Reposado Tequila
3 oz. Fresh Blood Orange Juice
¾ fresh Lime Juice
1 oz. Simple syrup
Rub the rim of an old-fashioned glass (or whatever similar vessel you prefer to drink out of) with an edge of a blood orange slice. Swirl the rim through a small pile of Kosher or Sea Salt to the Rim. Combine a few cubes of ice into a salted glass. Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy.

NOTE: 1 basic simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar dissolved in water. Example—one cup of sugar dissolved into one cup water

Mezcal Mule

2 oz. Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal
1.5 oz. ginger beer
¾ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Milk Punch Milk Punch

 

2 cups cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup Woodford Reserve bourbon
¾ cup sifted powdered sugar
½ vanilla bean
Freshly grated nutmeg
In a metal bowl over an ice bath, whisk sugar, cream, milk, and bourbon until nice and frothy. Add vanilla bean and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Place pitcher in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour stirring on occasion. Pour into glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Sparkling Apple Cider

 

1 bottle of Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato
1 cup of apple cider
Apples
Pomegranate
Orange slices
Lemon slices
Ice
Combine Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato with all other ingredients. Add ice when ready to serve. Garnish with apple slices.

Sun Ra

 

1 1/2 oz. Novo Fogo Silver
½ oz. Zaya Rum
½ rosemary simple syrup
1 oz. lemon juice
Shake with a sprig of rosemary. Fine strain over fresh ice. Top with the ½ oz. Zaya Rum. Garnish with rosemary

Buon Viaggio (created by Pietro Filipponi)

1 ½ oz. Fernet-Branca
1 oz. Brancamenta
½ dry curacao
¾ oz. Owl’s Brew coco-lada tea
½ oz. hazelnut crema
Dash of hopped grapefruit bitters
Garnished with a dehydrated key lime infused with Carpano Antica vermouth.

You will want to bookmark these fall cocktail recipes for your next happy hour, so you can fully enjoy the season.

Happy New Cheer: Sparkling New Year’s Eve Cocktails

How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve this year? Will you be out in the cold watching the ball drop? Packed in a crowded nightclub? Or will you be at home surrounded by family and friends enjoying a cocktail or four? No matter your plans, make sure your New Year’s Eve cocktails are festive and fizzy! We’ve rounded up some delicious sparkling New Year’s Eve cocktails for you to indulge in from zero-calorie Sparkling Ice, world-renowned Italian winery Santa Margherita, and authentic ginger ale brand Brooklyn Crafted.

These seasonal cocktail recipes are just what you need to welcome 2018, and toast to all the wonderful things the new year may bring. Ready your palates for the following sparkling cocktails:

Prosecco Punch – Recipe by Sparkling Ice

1 Part Prosecco
1 Part Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry
Mix together and garnish with small lavender sprig

Sparkle Shots – Recipe by Sparkling Ice

1oz Vodka
½ oz lime juice
1 oz Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon
Sprinkle Rim, for garnish
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into a shot glass with a sprinkle rim and serve.

Prosecco Superiore Cranberry Skewer – Recipe by Santa Margherita

Servings: 2
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
8-10 frozen cranberries
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
Put cranberries on a skewer and rinse under cold water. Dip skewered cranberries in water, then roll in granulated sugar. Place skewers on wax paper and place in freezer for 5 minutes. Fill glass ¾ with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. Place skewers on top of glass and serve.

ALTERNATE OPTION
For a slightly sweeter garnish, soak fresh or frozen berries in maple syrup overnight, then skewer and roll in sugar.

Ginger Raspberry Sparkler – Recipe by Brooklyn Crafted


1/3 oz Raspberry Puree
1.5 oz Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini, Lemon/Lime
Splash of Limoncello
4 oz Champagne
Squeeze of Lime Juice Fresh
Raspberries
Stir raspberry puree, Brooklyn Crafted Mini Lemon/Lime and Limoncello in a champagne flute. Top with champagne and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with raspberries and enjoy!

We hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve celebration and remember to drink responsibly. Happy New Year!